Ben Kucera
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Ben  Kucera

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Leawood, Kansas

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 175

Position:
F

Last Team:
Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

06/28/2017

Fifteen Falcons named to Atlantic Hockey all-academic team

A school-record 15 Falcons honored for their work in the classroom

06/22/2016

14 Falcons named AHC all-academic

A school-record 14 Falcons were honored for their excellence off the ice

01/09/2015

Air Force comes from behind for 4-3 win over Niagara

Demers has three points and nets game-winner with 3:40 remaining

11/22/2014

Air Force wins Pikes Peak Trophy with 3-1 win over Colorado College

Truehl made 35 saves for the Falcons

11/14/2014

Air Force ties 17th-ranked Robert Morris, 3-3 in overtime

Falcons have tied back-to-back games; AFA is 2-6-2 overall this season.

2016-17 (Junior)

Played in 24 games and had five goals and three assists … Had two power-play goals and three game-winners … Scored the game-winner in the third period to beat No. 5 Boston College in the Ice Breaker Tournament … Scored against Ohio State the next night as the Falcons won the Ice Breaker for the first time in school history … Two points (1-1-2) in the first game at Arizona State as he scored three goals in the first three games … After missing several games due to injury, came back to score the game-winner in the third period to beat Bentley in the AHC Quarterfinals and send the Falcons to the AHC Final Four … Scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Army in the AHC semifinals … Named to the academic all-conference team.

 

2015-16 (Sophomore)

Played in 34 games and led the team with 15 goals ... Tied for second on the team with 25 points ... Tied for the team lead with two game-winners ... +12 led the team ... Had two power-play goals ... 12 goals in conference play led all Falcons ... Career highs of three points twice, AIC on Jan. 9 and Niagara on Feb. 26 ... Two or more points in a game seven times ... Career-high two goals vs. Robert Morris, Feb. 19, and Niagara, Feb. 26 ... Two points (1-1-2) in the series clinching victory over Canisius in the AHC Quarterfinals ... Eight points in the last seven games of the season  ... Named academic all-conference.

 

2014-15 (Freshman)

Played in 35 games and had five goals and nine assists for 14 points ... Tied for second  on the team with three power-play goals ... Eight points in 23 conference games ... First career point was an assist in the season-opener vs. Mercyhurst ... First career goal came in the 6-2 win over AIC ... Career best two points (1-1-2) against AIC twice.

 

Before Air Force

Played 108 games in three seasons for the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the NAHL … Played four games and had two points in 2011-12 … In 2012-13, had 20 points (8-12-20) in 53 games … Had 31 points (12-19-31) in 51 games in 2013-14 … Tied for fifth on the team in points and fourth in assists … Tied for third on the team in power play goals with four … Also had three points in three playoff games in 2013-14.

 

Personal

Member of Cadet Squadron  4 ... Parents are  Joseph and Emily Kucera  ... Has three sisters and one brother ... Major is management ... This past summer, was an instructor during Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training for two periods  ... Is the assistant flight commander in his squadron … On the dean’s list ... His brother, Brad, is currently serving in the Army ... Long-term goal is to work in the health care administration ... Loves to hunt, but has been shot twice by a shotgun while hunting ... Greatest team moment in sports was winning the AHC Championship last season … Greatest individual moment was scoring the game-winner to beat Army in the AHC semifinals ... One word to describe himself is fun ... Started skating at age three and started playing hockey at age five ... Favorite NHL team is the St. Louis Blues  ... Favorite player is Brad Marchand.

Year GP G A PTS PIM SOG PP SH GW
2014-15 35 5 9 14 5-10 26 1 0 3
2015-16 34 15 10 25 6-12 80 2 0 2
2016-17 24 5 3 8 5-10 29 2 0 3
Career 93 25 22 47 16-32 135 5 0 8

 





 

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